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Chelsea will line-up in a 4-3-3 formation as follows:

1 Petr Cech

2 Glen Johnson

6 Ricardo Carvalho

22 Tal Ben-Haim

3 Ashley Cole

24 Shaun Wright-Phillips

5 Michael Essien

8 Frank Lampard ©

15 Florent Malouda

21 Salomon Kalou

14 Claudio Pizarro

Substitutes: 23 Carlo Cudicini, 9 Steve Sidwell, 12 John Mikel Obi, 10 Joe Cole, 15 Didier Drogba.

source: chelseafc.com

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1 Petr Cech

2 Glen Johnson

6 Ricardo Carvalho

22 Tal Ben-Haim

3 Ashley Cole

24 Shaun Wright-Phillips

5 Michael Essien

8 Frank Lampard ©

15 Florent Malouda

21 Salomon Kalou

14 Claudio Pizarro

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Kalou should have scored at least one goal. Horrible finishing !!

GJ?s attacking was first class, his defending horrible at times.

Pizzaro looked sharp and dangerous, very good.

Lampard got better as the game went on, controlled midfield very good

Essien?s goal first class, but injured off !! icon_rolleyes.gif

SWP motm, his best match

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Brilliant inter-link play from defence to attack for the Blues!

A point of great concern is that we are vulnerable on the right side as SWP ain't exactly the greatest in tracking back and is physically too small to be of much help in defending AND Glen Johnson has been a major disappointment in the two games he has featured for the first team (Community Shield and last night's game). His defensive positioning and man-marking is almost non-existent at times of attacking pressure from opposition teams.

We really need to get Alves onboard ASAP or else we will ship more goals coming from the right flank.

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Brilliant inter-link play from defence to attack for the Blues!

A point of great concern is that we are vulnerable on the right side as SWP ain't exactly the greatest in tracking back and is physically too small to be of much help in defending AND Glen Johnson has been a major disappointment in the two games he has featured for the first team (Community Shield and last night's game). His defensive positioning and man-marking is almost non-existent at times of attacking pressure from opposition teams.

We really need to get Alves onboard ASAP or else we will ship more goals coming from the right flank.

Agreed. Though I'm not completely sure is Alves any better in the defence. GJ was really good in the attack.

Our attack looked so good, god dam*. Kalou, SWP and Malouda were all brilliant. If Robben has set his heart on the move, he probably feels really good right now. It took 0 seconds for Pizarro to adjust to the english game that's about 1 season less than Sheva, although if we had played with this formation last season Sheva would probably have netted a couple more than he did.

I was more than sure that my avatar would put one past us. He has been so good during the pre-season. It was really nice to see him not celebrate his goal.

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It took 0 seconds for Pizarro to adjust to the english game that's about 1 season less than Sheva

In Sheva's defence, we didn't exactly play to his strengths last season. Plus, Germany's a lot more like the EPL than Italy.

But you're spot on, if we play like this, with players criss crossing and over-lapping seemingly at will, Sheva's intelligent runs will get him 15 + goals this season.

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Agreed. Though I'm not completely sure is Alves any better in the defence. GJ was really good in the attack.

Alves has to be better ability-wise in defending and positioning than Glen Johnson as he's an experienced international. The only negative might be that Alves might need some time to adjust to the relentless forays down the wing by English teams.

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